Plastic Pot Statues

trianglejohnOctober 23, 2002

I made these Garden Statues out of old plastic pots, pvc pipe and small trashcans, they were then painted to look like rusted metal with some 'Rust' spray paint. The folks at the fair loved them and my display won many awards and I got an offer from the local botanical garden to teach a class how to make them this winter. Enjoy!

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DerekQC(z3b Qc)

Great creative idea John....a real eye-popper :-)

    Bookmark   October 24, 2002 at 5:45PM
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ceebee(8b FL)

Very nice, John.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2002 at 12:27PM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

I am so happy to see this follow up! I've enjoyed the process without any pain!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2002 at 3:29PM
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Dora Vann Snider

Would you please share how you made them??? They are sooooo neat!!!!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2002 at 9:22PM
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Ok - but keep in mind that I just sort of made them up as I went along. I found some plastic pots that nested inside each other so that I could stack them, one on top of the other. I used a small dremel saw (hand held battery operated carving tool) to cut eye holes and mouths in the two pots (eyes in the bigger top pot, mouths in the smaller bottom pot). I then used regular old hot glue to glue them together and to draw curly-cue designs all over them. I cut noses out of small plastic square pots and hot glued them onto the faces. I then wired a halloween plastic bowl that I had cut into a sort of crown shape with a pair of scissors to the top of the head - this was after I dangled two plastic practice golf balls that I had cut and decorated as eyes into the eye holes so they would wobble in and out of the head while it blew in the breeze. After all the glue designs dried I painted the whole thing with this new spray paint called 'Rust', its a two part technique that uses an orange spray paint and a rub-on purplish latex stain that when it dries looks alot like rusted metal. Then I stuffed grass plumes into the tops to make it look real "Fall" like. The two statues were done the same way with flower pots and pvc pipe arms and legs.
You can read my whole garden decoratin' story over on Garden Writers forum under 'Competition Gardening'(I thought it would make a good magazine article), there are some photo links there and at the following post in this forum "Another Plastic Pot Statue" (or something like it). The best part is that they are sort of light weight so setting them up and moving them isn't a problem. The local Botanical Garden is buying some of them and hiring me to teach a class on how to make them this winter. Who would of guessed?

    Bookmark   October 25, 2002 at 9:53PM
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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

What a great project and fun idea for a class. Wish you lived closer! Great way to recycle plastic pots and create smiles at the same time! Thank-you for sharing your creations with us.


    Bookmark   October 25, 2002 at 11:52PM
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Dora Vann Snider

Thanks for the info. I got my husband a dremel tool last year, so it can really be put to use. Am going to try some of those. We have classes at my daughter's greenhouse and this would be a fun project for us to do. Wish you lived close enough to teach some classes for us!!!! Let us know how your classes go!

    Bookmark   October 26, 2002 at 1:25AM
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you should also do a video so that people who can not attend the classes can purchase (me being one). I envy creative people

    Bookmark   November 16, 2002 at 6:15AM
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Very Impressive!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2003 at 9:15PM
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ChlorophyllJill(z6 OK)

Awesome pots!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2003 at 11:06PM
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Very creative idea! You are truly gifted!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2003 at 11:38PM
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    Bookmark   October 16, 2003 at 9:15AM
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Carole_NSW(N.S.W., Aust.)

Enjoyed firstly your pics John - wonderful creativity at hand - and what a great application using the rust-paint on your plastic pots! Then your follow-up with your how-to's, very interesting and informative. Congratulations on your success and where it took you.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2003 at 6:20AM
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